Match Preview: Scarlets

Match Preview: Scarlets

Get the latest ahead of Saturday afternoon's crucial Guinness PRO14 match-up with Scarlets at BT Murrayfield (kick-off 12 noon) with this week's Match Preview.

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HOW TO WATCH

The match is live on Premier Sports 1 from 11.30am ahead of a 12 noon kick-off at BT Murrayfield. You can can also keep up with minute-by-minute updates via the Galbraith Match Centre.


TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT

The Edinburgh Rugby squad to face Scarlets at BT Murrayfield will be named at 12 noon on Friday 26 February via press release, as well as on the club's website and social channels.


MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee: Ben Blain (SRU, 9th competition game)

Assistant Referees: Sam Grove-White, Graeme Ormiston (both SRU)

TMO: Charles Samson (SRU)


CONFERENCE STANDINGS

OVERALL PRO14 RECORD

Played 35, Edinburgh won 20, Scarlets won 14, with 1 game drawn.


STORY OF THE MATCH

Edinburgh have won just twice at BT Murrayfield since the sport resumed in August but their record against Scarlets is outstanding, with six successive victories.

The capital side grabbed their first PRO14 win of the season in November when two penalties from Jaco van der Walt secured a 6-3 victory at Scarlets, who had lock Josh Helps sent off on the hour mark.

Despite Edinburgh’s dominance in the last three years, Glenn Delaney’s Scarlets are 11 points clear of their Scottish rivals who have two games in hand so there is all to play for at BT Murrayfield.

The Welshmen ended a three-match losing run with a comfortable 41-17 victory over Benetton last weekend to keep their European Champions Cup bid alive, but they cannot afford any slip-ups with Cardiff lurking just four points behind.


LAST TIME OUT

Richard Cockerill's side travelled to face Scarlets at Parc y Scarlets in November where they secured a hard-earned 3-6 victory thanks to two penalties from Jaco van der Walt and a player of the match performance from WP Nel.

RECENT MEETINGS

Date

Venue

E

S

Edinburgh scorers

Scarlets scorers

Sat 14 Apr 18

BT Murrayfield

52

14

Duncan Weir(C) Nathan Fowles(T) Duhan van der Merwe(2T) Mark Bennett(T) Magnus Bradbury(T) Sam Hidalgo-Clyne(T/5C) Blair Kinghorn(T) Luke Crosbie(T)

Dan Jones(T/2C) Tom Varndell(T)

Fri 2 Nov 18

BT Murrayfield

31

21

Tom Brown(2T) Pierre Schoeman(T) Viliame Mata(2T) Juan Pablo Socino(C) Simon Hickey(2C)

Johnny McNicholl(T) Paul Asquith(T) Dan Jones(3C) Morgan Williams(T)

Sat 6 Apr 19

Parc y Scarlets

20

12

Jaco van der Walt(T/2C/2P) Matt Scott(T)

Gareth Davies(T) Jonathan Davies(T) Leigh Halfpenny(C)

Sat 26 Oct 19

BT Murrayfield

46

7

Mike Willemse(2T) Duhan van der Merwe(3T) Jaco van der Walt(C) Mark Bennett(T) Simon Hickey(3C/P) Eroni Sau(T)

Marc Jones(T) Dan Jones(C)

Sat 15 Feb 20

Parc y Scarlets

14

9

Duhan van der Merwe(T) Jaco van der Walt(2C) Matt Scott(T)

Dan Jones(3P)

Sun 1 Nov 20

Parc y Scarlets

6

3

Jaco van der Walt(2P)

Angus O'Brien(P)


KEY STATS

Edinburgh Rugby’s last eight games in the Guinness PRO14 have been evenly shared with four wins and four defeats.

Edinburgh have won just twice at BT Murrayfield since rugby resumed in August, against Cardiff Blues in November and Glasgow Warriors in January.

Scarlets 41-17 home win over Benetton last weekend was their fist victory since New Year’s Day.

Scarlets have won only one of their last eight matches against Scottish opponents: 25-21 at Glasgow in October 2019.

Edinburgh have won their last six matches against Scarlets, their best run against the Welshmen, whilst Scarlets have not been victorious at BT Murrayfield since September 2013.


TEAM COMPARISON

COMPARISON

Edinburgh

Scarlets

Last 3 PRO14 results:

16 Jan - Glasgow (A) L 22-23

22 Jan - Cardiff Blues (H) L 10-13

23 Jan - Zebre (A) W 26-10

30 Jan - Leinster (H) L 25-52

20 Feb - Munster (H) L 10-22

20 Feb - Benetton (H) W 41-17

PRO14 2019/20

Conf B: 5th - W4 D0 L7 - 19pts

Conf B: 3rd - W6 D0 L7 - 30pts

PRO14 form

lLWlwL (9pts)

wWlLLW (14pts)

Top try scorer

2 - Mark Bennett, Nic Groom, Mike Willemse, Jack Blain, Jamie Farndale

4 - Dane Blacker, Ryan Conbeer

Top points scorer

56 - Jaco van der Walt

41 - Leigh Halfpenny

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